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Family Law is an American television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who attempted to start her own law firm after her husband left both her and their law practice, taking all of their clients with him. The series aired on CBS from 1999 to 2002 and was created by Paul Haggis.[1][2] Beginning in September of 2018, reruns of the show air on Start TV.

Family Law
GenreLegal drama
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"War" by Edwin Starr
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes68
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Chuck Binder
  • Dana Maksimovich
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) –
May 27, 2002 (2002-05-27)

The show also starred Christopher McDonald as opportunistic, ambulance-chasing attorney Rex Weller, Julie Warner as Lynn's friend Danni (and the one member of her former firm's staff who did not defect with Lynn's ex-husband), and Dixie Carter as "pit bull" divorce attorney Randi King. Later cast additions included Tony Danza, Cristián de la Fuente, Salli Richardson and Meredith Eaton as Emily Resnick, an ambitious attorney hoping to make partner.

Edwin Starr's 1970 hit song, "War" was used as the series' opening title theme.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1: 1999–2000Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"Paul HaggisPaul Haggis & Anne KenneySeptember 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
22"Damages"Paul HaggisPaul Haggis & David ShoreSeptember 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
33"All God's Creatures"Fred GerberAnne KenneyOctober 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
44"Prisoners"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyOctober 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)
55"The List"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyOctober 18, 1999 (1999-10-18)
66"The Nanny"Fred GerberStephen NathanOctober 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
77"Games"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyNovember 8, 1999 (1999-11-08)
88"The Fourth Trimester"John PattersonThomas L. MoranNovember 15, 1999 (1999-11-15)
99"Holt vs. Holt"Fred GerberAnne KenneyNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
1010"Four Drops of Blood"Michael SchultzSarah Woodside GallagherNovember 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
1111"Decisions"Adam NimoyPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyDecember 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
1212"Media Relations"Elodie KeeneGay WalchJanuary 10, 2000 (2000-01-10)
1313"Human Error"Fred GerberThomas L. MoranJanuary 17, 2000 (2000-01-17)
1414"Stealing Home"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyJanuary 24, 2000 (2000-01-24)
1515"A Mother's Son"Richard J. LewisJudith Feldman, Anne Kenney & Sarah Woodside GallagherFebruary 7, 2000 (2000-02-07)
1616"Are You My Father?"TBASusan Hamilton BrinFebruary 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
1717"Metamorphosis"Fred GerberEdmond StevensFebruary 28, 2000 (2000-02-28)
1818"Necessity"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyMarch 6, 2000 (2000-03-06)
1919"Playing God"Fred GerberTricia Brock & Marc FlanaganMarch 20, 2000 (2000-03-20)
2020"The Witness"Kari SkoglandJeff KingApril 17, 2000 (2000-04-17)
2121"Second Chance"Fred GerberBill Chais & David ShoreApril 24, 2000 (2000-04-24)
2222"Love and Money"Elodie KeeneStephen Nathan & David ShoreMay 1, 2000 (2000-05-01)
2323"Possession Is Nine Tenths of the Law"Ericson CorePaul Haggis & Anne KenneyMay 8, 2000 (2000-05-08)

Season 2: 2000–2001Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
241"The Choice"Paul HaggisPaul Haggis & Edmond StevensOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)
252"One Mistake"Fred GerberPaul Haggis & David ShoreOctober 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)
263"Affairs of State"Fred GerberPaul Haggis & Stephen NathanOctober 16, 2000 (2000-10-16)
274"Going Home"Fred GerberLinda McGibney & David ShoreOctober 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)
285"Telling Lies: Part 1"TBAPaul Haggis & Anne KenneyOctober 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
296"Telling Lies: Part 2"Jerry LevineStephen Nathan & David ShoreNovember 6, 2000 (2000-11-06)
307"For Love"Stephen NathanBill Chais & Marjorie DavidNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
318"Family Values"Oz ScottAshley Gable & Thomas L. MoranNovember 20, 2000 (2000-11-20)
329"Echoes"Martha MitchellJonathan EstrinNovember 27, 2000 (2000-11-27)
3310"Generations"Fred GerberE.J. SafirsteinDecember 11, 2000 (2000-12-11)
3411"Intentions"Richard J. LewisLinda McGibney & Edmond StevensJanuary 8, 2001 (2001-01-08)
3510"Film at Eleven"Ericson CoreChristopher Ambrose & Lawrence KaplowJanuary 15, 2001 (2001-01-15)
3613"Separation"Fred GerberStephen Nathan & David ShoreJanuary 29, 2001 (2001-01-29)
3714"The Quality of Mercy"Miles WatkinsMajorie David, Stephen Nathan & David ShoreFebruary 5, 2001 (2001-02-05)
3815"Liar's Club: Part 1"Jeremy KaganAshley Gable & Thomas L. MoranFebruary 19, 2001 (2001-02-19)
3916"Liar's Club: Part 2"Fred GerberStephen Nathan & David ShoreFebruary 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)
4017"Soul Custody"Oz ScottBill Chais & Stephen NathanMarch 12, 2001 (2001-03-12)
4118"Safe at Home"Paul HaggisThomas L. Moran & Paul HaggisMarch 19, 2001 (2001-03-19)
4219"The Gay Divorcee"Jerry LevineStephen Nathan & David ShoreApril 9, 2001 (2001-04-09)
4320"Bringing Up Babies"Richard J. LewisLinda McGibney & David ShoreApril 16, 2001 (2001-04-16)
4421"Americans"Elodie KeeneStephen Nathan, David Shore & Scott CameronApril 30, 2001 (2001-04-30)
4522"Recovery"Fred GerberStephen Nathan, David Shore & Jason PrestonMay 7, 2001 (2001-05-07)
4623"Clemency"Paul HaggisBill Chais, Paul Haggis & Thomas L. MoranMay 14, 2001 (2001-05-14)
4724"Planting Seeds"Elodie KeeneAshley Gable, Stephen Nathan & David ShoreMay 21, 2001 (2001-05-21)

Season 3: 2001–2002Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
481"Irreparable Harm"Fred GerberLawrence Kaplow, Stephan Nathan & David ShoreSeptember 24, 2001 (2001-09-24)
492"Moving On"Fred GerberChristopher Ambrose & Lawrence KaplowOctober 1, 2001 (2001-10-01)
503"Obligations"Oz ScottAshley GableOctober 8, 2001 (2001-10-08)
514"My Brother's Keeper"Ericson CoreThomas L. MoranOctober 15, 2001 (2001-10-15)
525"Against All Odds"Fred GerberChristopher AmbroseOctober 22, 2001 (2001-10-22)
536"Sacrifices"Oz ScottGregg Gettas & Scott CameronOctober 29, 2001 (2001-10-29)
547"All in the Family"Jerry LevineAyanna FloydNovember 5, 2001 (2001-11-05)
558"Security"Fred GerberI.C. RapoportNovember 12, 2001 (2001-11-12)
569"No Options"Jerry LevineLindsay SturmanNovember 19, 2001 (2001-11-19)
5710"Sex, Lies and Internet"Oz ScottBill Chais & Thomas L. MoranDecember 10, 2001 (2001-12-10)
5811"Angel's Flight"Max MayerPaul Haggis & Jan NashDecember 17, 2001 (2001-12-17)
5912"Blood and Water"Max MayerJan NashJanuary 7, 2002 (2002-01-07)
6013"To Protect and Serve"Fred GerberAyanna Floyd & Ashley GableJanuary 14, 2002 (2002-01-14)
6114"Arlene's Choice"Stephan NathanLawrence KaplowFebruary 4, 2002 (2002-02-04)
6215"Children of a Lesser Dad"Oz ScottChristopher AmbroseFebruary 25, 2002 (2002-02-25)
6316"Celano v. Foster"Fred GerberBill Chais & Thomas L. MoranMarch 4, 2002 (2002-03-04)
6417"Big Brother"Fred GerberBill Chais & Thomas L. MoranMarch 18, 2002 (2002-03-18)
6518"Once Removed"Julie WarnerPam Davis, Stephen Nathan & David ShoreMarch 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)
6619"Admissions"Fred GerberLindsay SturmanApril 8, 2002 (2002-04-08)
6720"Ties That Bind"Max MayerAshley Gable & Jan NashApril 15, 2002 (2002-04-15)
6821"Alienation of Affection"Fred GerberStephan Nathan & David ShoreMay 27, 2002 (2002-05-27)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bogdanovich, Peter (February 8, 1999). "Betty White on lousy sitcoms … Paul Haggis is back". New York Observer. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Hontz, Jenny (February 10, 1999). "Haggis inks three-year, first-look deal with Col". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2015.

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